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Our Instructors

For Study Hall Sessions

Christian Howell

Instructor

Christian is a multi instrumentalist with experience playing Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Piano, Upright Bass, and various Percussion. He has formal lessons in Piano and is self taught in regards to Band and Orchestral instruments. He has a passion for music and hopes to spread that to any students he interacts with. He current plays in a local progressive rock band as well as working at Golden Music.

Alyssa Leonovicz

Instructor
I have played violin for 15 years and have tutored for 2 years at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. I also have done a few months of tutoring online in Zoom meetings. I have taught and been a teacher most of my life and since I’ve tutored violin for 2 years, I am confident in teaching basic to advanced level technique in rhythm, melody, scales, etc. 

Ruth Culbertson

Instructor/Music Education Major from Colorado Christian University

From the time I was very little, music has been a very prominent part of my life. As a baby, I pounded away at a little, alligator-shaped xylophone made specifically for small children. The quality of sound was not the most appealing, but the excitement and passion were certainly present. Years later, I received piano lessons as a Christmas gift with great excitement. And a few years after that, I received a keyboard with many tears of joy.

Over the years, I have continued to improve my musicianship through numerous hours of practice, many public performances, and pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education at Colorado Christian University. Thus far, I have received college-level instruction for brass, woodwind, and string instruments; enabling me to relate to and help students on a multitude of instruments. I have also developed my expertise by observing under other teachers in the area, taking additional music education courses on how to best teach music, working with youth, embracing opportunities to teach siblings and peers, and continuing to practice a variety of instruments.

As an avid lover of music and working with youth, my goal is to help students gain a greater appreciation of music through playing fun music games, performing in front of each other in a positive and encouraging environment, and giving positive tips to help students take their playing to the next level. I hope to serve as an encourager and support to inspire kids to become the best that they can be, both in music and in all areas of life.

Together with my students, we discover how to: have fun playing an instrument, navigate challenges that may arise, perform in front of others, play various rhythms, encourage and give helpful feedback to other music students, practice an instrument effectively, and much more.

But my goal is not only to teach piano, but also to help students learn how to solve problems and learn effectively so that they can continue to grow, even when they are on their own. I ask questions to tailor my teaching to students’ individual needs and to help students take ownership for their learning. I recognize every student has a unique personality with unique interests, and I strive to meet every student where they are at—always with a positive, patient, and encouraging attitude.

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Taryn Wells

Instructor/Music Education Major from Colorado Christian University

Taryn is a trumpet player who loves to study and learn many other instruments including piano and trombone. She is currently studying music education with the goal to one day run a band program and teach private lessons. She is in her third year of study and has been teaching private trumpet lessons since 2018. She has been in band and performing on the trumpet for over nine years.